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Get Smart with Your Luggage: 8 of the Best Cabin Bags Going

If you're one of the many traders regularly on the move, one of the best ways to take some of the pain out of international travel is to get yourself a cabin bag as reliable as your preferred trading strategy.

Like Tonto to the Lone Ranger, like Robin to Batman, and like Goose to Maverick, good carry-on luggage is the best sidekick a travelling trader could want. Whether you prioritise the most secure, the easiest access or the most stylish, we've put together a list of eight of the best cabin bags from the classic to the high tech. In no particular order, let's begin...

1. Smythson

Black Greenwich Business Trolley


Truly elegant; British design at its best combined with Italian craftsmanship. Superb quality, classically simple and oh so stylish. Highly likely to bag you the upgrade if you are not at the front already.

2. Rimowa

Bossa Nova Four-Wheel Cabin Suitcase


Eye-catchingly stylish, the Bossa Nova range is rather luxe and superbly functional. The lightweight polycarbonate shell is trimmed in rich leather, the inside has superb attention to detail with quilted padded sections and the smooth Multiwheels allow for effortless navigation.

3. Longchamp

Le Pliage Personalised


Get personal at Longchamp. If your preference is a large tote head to the Longchamp website and personalise your luggage. Pick your colours and initials and check out with a bag like nobody else in the business lounge.

4. Horizn

Cabin Trolley Model M


Not sure how “smart” you want to go with your luggage yet happen to be a fan of German engineering? The folks at Horizn Studios offer simple yet smart wheelie cases with the option of a laptop sleeve but with the handy USB chargers. In addition, you can upgrade with the Guard Card, which uses a GPS tracker to let you know if your luggage ever goes more than 30m out of sight. Horizn also have stylish laptop bags and sleeves in the range if you want to stay loyal to one brand.

5. Modobag

Indiegogo Special

From $1295

Late for the plane? Let’s scoot! Yep, that’s right this cool case is a scooter to help you through those busy airports. Telescopic handles, memory foam seat and quick release foot-steps allow for a quick transition. Arrive at the gate cool as a cucumber while you overtake your fellow travellers huffing and puffing with long walks to the departure lounge. Usual suspects in the spec; USB charging points, protected laptop section, tracking system, easy access pockets. Think it's a gimmick? Think again - the Modobag proved so popular it surpassed their crowdfunding raise at 658%.

6. Barracuda

Carry-On Luggage

From $349

One of the original smart cases, and while it might not be as aesthetic as some of our other luggage featured we at TraderLife love the laptop tray whilst you charge. After all it’s not always easy to balance the laptop on your lap whilst on the go. We also must admit we rather love having two coffee cup holders! Ok…so we will pull ourselves back together to mention the tracker device and super comfy rotating handle.

7. TraxPack

A La Carte Carry On

From $139.99

Traxpack has a unique track system that makes climbing stairs with your luggage much simpler. By using the tilting handle you can simply keep your flow, stay smooth and take the stairs as the tracks enable your case to glide up (or down) the steps, giving it something of an Action Man appeal to us. There is a media stand for use whilst your devices charge using the optional built-in power pack. TraxPack also incorporates TSA Locks and Dual Locking Security zippers. Due out in December 2017.

8. BlueSmart

Series 2

From $595

The fact that this savvy company are at over 3500% of their target on a crowd funding platform speaks for itself. We nearly slipped this golden nugget into our investments sector as there is still time to invest. Pre-order now for delivery in December 2017. The crème de la crème of smart luggage; the weight sensor systems syncs with the airlines to alert you if you are over the weight allowance.

The Bluesmart app syncs with flight itineraries to provide assistance on your travels; the GPS tracker system helps you locate your suitcase anywhere in the world (you're alerted if you get separated from your case) and the digital auto-locking enables you to lock your case from your phone. So much so it's hardly worth mentioning the USB chargers, which suddenly seems a bit standard compared to the rest of the features on this seriously snazzy case.

What do you think of our cabin luggage picks? Have we missed your favourite off our list? Let us know on Twitter @_TraderLife_